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CME

Patient/Physician/Family Caregiver Relationships: When the Family Caregiver Is a Physician

  • Authors: Sheryl Mitnick, MPH, RN; Lois Snyder, JD
  • CME Released: 1/28/2011
  • THIS ACTIVITY HAS EXPIRED
  • Valid for credit through: 1/28/2012
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for primary care clinicians and all physicians who are in the position of caregiver to a loved one with medical illness.

The goal of this activity is to provide information and counsel concerning the ethics of balancing the physician's personal role as family member and caregiver to a sick relative with the professional role as a clinician involved to some degree in that relative's care.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe potential advantages to the patient of having a physician who is their close friend or family member involved in their treatment
  2. Describe potential risks to the patient and to the physician-caregiver of having a physician who is their close friend or family member involved in their treatment
  3. Describe how a physician who is the caregiver of a close friend or family member with medical illness may best balance the potential advantages and risks of becoming involved in their treatment


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Author

  • Sheryl Mitnick, MPH, RN

    Former Senior Associate, Center for Ethics and Professionalism, American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Disclosures

    Disclosure: Sheryl Mitnick, MPH, RN, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Author/Editor

  • Lois Snyder, JD

    Director, Center for Ethics and Professionalism, American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Disclosures

    Disclosure: Lois Snyder, JD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

CME Author

  • Laurie Barclay, MD

    Freelance writer and reviewer, Medscape, LLC

    Disclosures

    Disclosure: Laurie Barclay, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

CME Reviewer

  • Nafeez Zawahir, MD

    CME Clinical Director, Medscape, LLC

    Disclosures

    Disclosure: Nafeez Zawahir, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

  • Sarah Fleischman

    CME Program Manager, Medscape, LLC

    Disclosures

    Disclosure: Sarah Fleischman has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


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CME

Patient/Physician/Family Caregiver Relationships: When the Family Caregiver Is a Physician

Authors: Sheryl Mitnick, MPH, RN; Lois Snyder, JDFaculty and Disclosures
THIS ACTIVITY HAS EXPIRED

CME Released: 1/28/2011

Valid for credit through: 1/28/2012

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Introduction

This case study is one in a series with commentaries by the American College of Physician's Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee and the Center for Ethics and Professionalism. The series uses hypothetical examples to elaborate on controversial or subtle aspects of issues not addressed in detail in the College's Ethics Manual, the Physician's Charter on professionalism, or other College position statements. The fifth edition of the ACP's Ethics Manual, the Physician's Charter, and additional College policies on ethics, professionalism, and human rights issues are available at http://www.acponline.org/ethics/ethics_man.htm or by contacting the Center for Ethics and Professionalism at 215/351-2839.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Case History
  3. Commentary
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